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Old 09-01-2005, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I needed some coolant and stopped by the dealer to get some. Price was $20 for my 97 540. Is it really worth the price to buy the bmw stuff or am I getting ripped off like I believe I am. I have never really added coolant before, so this is all new to me.


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Old 09-02-2005, 01:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It all depends on if you want your coolant to be blue or green. lol
Just make sure that you buy phosphor free coolant and that it clearly states that it is safe for all metals.
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Buy stuff that's safe for aluminum radiators and other metals, and forget about the brand...

Actually, I take that back, BavAuto now has waterless coolant that is lifetime guaranteed and has a extremely high boiling and low freezing point. Definitely worth looking into.
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Buy stuff that's safe for aluminum radiators and other metals, and forget about the brand...

Actually, I take that back, BavAuto now has waterless coolant that is lifetime guaranteed and has a extremely high boiling and low freezing point. Definitely worth looking into.
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Althought safer, that means that you need to buy twice the amount of coolant that you normally would. lol
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Buy stuff that's safe for aluminum radiators and other metals, and forget about the brand...

Actually, I take that back, BavAuto now has waterless coolant that is lifetime guaranteed and has a extremely high boiling and low freezing point. Definitely worth looking into.
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Althought safer, that means that you need to buy twice the amount of coolant that you normally would. lol
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BUT, you don't need to flush it for a million miles.
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Still more money out of my pocket at the time that its necessary. ahahah. I'm a cheap one who lives in the moment. haha
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Still more money out of my pocket at the time that its necessary. ahahah. I'm a cheap one who lives in the moment. haha
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Yeah, damn cars. I might need a new radiator to go along with the coolant lol. About a year back it cracked next to the bleed screw and I ghetto fixed it, but it's a bitch to bleed now since that screw is completely plugged up ...

And I just spent a ton of money for a tranny filter, tranny fluid, oil filter, oil ... Seems like it always needs something lol.
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ZEREX G05 will do the job nicely and not break the bank.
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in my opinion, just get the right stuff, the bmw stuff. coolant is changed every two years, and usually you will not need much, if at all, in between. i think it's worth spending the little extra money just to know you have the right stuff.

zerex g48 is the right stuff for bmw, but you're going to have a very hard time finding it.
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